cleft

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cleft

1. a fissure or crevice
2. (of leaves) having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
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Normal posterior gland may be included as a small fragment in what is otherwise obviously a pituitary adenoma or some other sellar region mass (Figure 3, f), or may be the majority of a small biopsy sample, especially if the neurosurgeon is resecting a cystic lesion that occurs at the junction between anterior and posterior pituitary gland, that is, a Rathke cleft cyst.
Surgery for Rathke cleft cysts: Technical considerations and outcomes.
The differential diagnoses to consider include a non-haemorrhagic pituitary macro-adenoma, a craniopharyngioma, a Rathke cleft cyst, a pituitary abscess, primary intra-pituitary haemorrhage, or a giant thrombosed intra-sellar aneurysm.